First, thanks to all the GMs who volunteered for U-Con this year. We had so many GMs volunteer so quickly, it inadvertently shut out some folks who weren't fast enough to contact us! Open GM positions actually ended up on our 'things to improve next year' list. Anyway, the Detroit Lodge especially grateful toward the GMs who came from outside the Metro area. West Michigan, Central Michigan and Ohio all were represented. Not to take our local GMs for granted, but it's heartwarming to see how far folks will travel to support U-Con. Bringing together the entire state is one of VC William "Xath" Jones's goals. Expect to see the favor returned in February.
For those who are interested in numbers, we ran 97 tables this year. Last year's number was 67. Scheduling that many tables was a gamble, and I am so relieved the attendance numbers didn't make fools of us. We sold out the Special on Saturday night. Our stock with the U-Con organization has increased, needless to say.
Congratulations to Zak Glade on his promotion to Venture-Lieutenant/Detroit! Zak has been a workhorse GM and player favorite for several years. I'm proud to work alongside him, and I know Jeff Stop is as well. Welcome to the ranks, Zak!!
I believe that Alex McGuire ran his 10th Special event at U-Con, so along with his 150+ tables of PFS GMing he has qualified for the 5th GM Star. I really hope I didn't spoil things by making that announcement here. He deserves his own thread, but feel free to congratulate him now! Way to go Alex!! Thanks for everything you are doing for our community!!!
Thanks to all of the players who came to U-Con. I hope it was a worthwhile experience for you. There are some big changes in the works, and believe me there's a lot to look forward to. One of the best thing about U-Con is it brings a lot of familiar faces together in one place. I have made a lot of friends through PFS and I don't get to see them as often as I'd like to. U-Con feels like a reunion sometimes.
I know I am forgetting something, but this message is long enough already. I'm very proud of our community, and I am grateful that you guys came out to Ypsilanti and blew U-Con out of the water!